Topic: Book Review
Cruel Past is the second book in a series that started with Cruel Whispers. The book stands by itself, however, and readers who have not read the first book will find it easy to know what is happening. This is categorized as simply Mystery; however, I would further categorize Cruel Past as a Psychological Thriller
From the start of this book, you will have a doubt in your mind as to who is the real criminal. Why does Salina, the main character find it necessary to hide her identity and befriend troubled teenagers online? What are her motives? Is she killing these children she has gathered around her? Is one of the troubled children to blame for the murders? Who is the mysterious character that seems to be lurking in the area and what is his/her plans? Is this the real murderer or is it the friendly neighbor who seems to pop up consistently? You will never be quite sure until you reach the final pages.
This is mystery writing at its best. You are drawn into the story quickly and it holds you captive until the final pages. I would have like to see the characters developed a bit more, but I was able to use my imagination to fill in the blanks and this did not deter from my enjoyment of the book.
Starr Reina has taken the realities of today's world and woven them into a captivating psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end. I suggest you make a point of purchasing the first book in the series as well, as you will find yourself wanting to read more of Ms. Reina's work.